Schizostachyum dielsianum (Pilg.) Merr.
Dinochloa dielsiana is an evergreen, climbing bamboo forming a dense clump of stems 20 - 25 metres tall from a short, woody rhizome. The woody culms are around 25mm in diameter.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a drink, medicine and source of materials.
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
Forests and thickets at low elevations[
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Bamboos have an interesting method of growth. Each plant produces a number of new stems annually - these stems grow to their maximum height in their first year of growth, subsequent growth in the stem being limited to the production of new side branches and leaves. In the case of some mature tropical species the new stem could be as much as 30 metres tall, with daily increases in height of 30cm or more during their peak growth time. This makes them some of the fastest-growing species in the world[
Bamboos in general are usually monocarpic, living for many years before flowering, then flowering and seeding profusely for a period of 1 - 3 years before usually dying.
A decoction of the rhizomes makes a refreshing beverage[
The plant is well known to all Filipino woodsmen as a source of drinking water, as water of good quality can be secured from the internodes[
The young shoots are used to dissipate the opacity of the cornea[
The culms are extensively used for purposes such as making baskets, while it is now beginning to attract attention for the purpose of making chairs, for which it is adapted on account of its thick stout walls[
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